What is iowait and how does it affect Linux performance?

I/O wait or iowait, wait, wa, %iowait, or wait% is often displayed by command-line Linux system monitoring tools such as top, sar, atop, and others. On its own, it’s one of many performance stats that provide us with an insight into Linux system performance. I/O wait came up in a recent discussion with a new client of […]

MySQL Performance Tuning: Tips, Scripts and Tools

With MySQL, common configuration mistakes can cause serious performance problems. In fact, if you misconfigure just one of the many config parameters, it can cripple performance. Of course, the performance of MySQL is often tied to the efficiency of your MySQL queries. It’s important to ensure that your performance issues are not due to poorly […]

20 Leading Companies Share How COVID-19 is Accelerating the Future of APM

One year ago, I asked 12 of the leading providers of application performance monitoring (APM) and other SaaS-based monitoring services: what will the future of APM look like in 2020?  They pointed to the rise of AIOps (Artificial Intelligence for IT Operations), Big Data, and Digital Experience Monitoring (DEM) as the core advancements in this space. […]

Top Serverless Monitoring Tools + Serverless Resources

Technology continues to evolve and solutions for hosting applications continue to expand. One such method of application hosting that has been growing in popularity is Serverless Computing.   What is Serverless Computing? Put simply, Serverless Computing is a cloud-computing execution model managed by cloud providers who run the servers hosting your application. Therefore, instead of […]

How to Optimize Your Cloud Services Cost

In this blog post, we review some of the biggest risks behind increasing services cost and how to optimize cloud services cost with a proper application monitoring solution. As modern software deployments continue to break down into smaller and more modular units, the world is seeing more moving parts in the deployment equation. The drivers […]

50 Top Server Monitoring & Application Monitoring Tools

Back in 2014, I compiled a list of top server and application performance monitoring solutions. Sharing that list publicly was a great way to gain feedback and recommendations on other tools available. In time that list grew from 20 to over 100 server monitoring and APM solutions! Because of its growing size, I’ve created below, a smaller, more […]

Optimizing APM in the Cloud: A Retrospective Approach for Future Success

The growth and maturity of the cloud has required us, as tech pros, to manage an increasingly complex web of applications spanning on-premises, hybrid, and multi-cloud environments. While this affords us greater flexibility, agility, and scalability day-to-day, these changes to how we deliver applications are making traditional monitoring techniques much more difficult (sometimes impossible), while […]

How To Create Optimized Docker Images For Production

Optimizing Docker images is a tricky feat. You have a lot to learn, with numerous things that can go wrong. Ask Matthew McConaughey from Interstellar. “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” – Murphy, a smart dude You want to have a quick feedback loop between pushing code to your GitHub repository and deploying […]

I asked 12 APM companies about the future of APM, here’s what they said

Application Performance Monitoring (APM) first started in the late 1990s with companies such as Precise (acquired by Symantec, spun off and then acquired by Idera), Wily Technology (acquired by CA Technologies) and Mercury Interactive (acquired by HP Software Division). In the 2000s APM tools continued to be acquired by larger vendors. Then over the past decade, […]

When is it time to add more application monitoring?

Guest post by James Paden, Partner at Instrumental At Instrumental, we often talk about getting started with monitoring. In the past, we’ve covered the critical, but basic, metrics everyone needs on our Ultimate Monitoring Metrics Cheatsheet (many of which are gathered by out-the-box system and service monitoring). We also wrote the Quick-Start Guide to Monitoring […]